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2017 Jewish Educator Awards

Los Angeles, CA, September 2017

Four exemplary Los Angeles Jewish day school educators got the jump on a sweet New Year when they were surprised before their entire school communities with the prestigious Jewish Educator Award (JEA)—and a $15,000 unrestricted financial prize. Those honored include:

  • Yehudis Blauner, General Studies principal, Cheder Menachem
  • Adrienne Coffield, Director of Academic Technology, Brawerman Elementary School
  • Melody Mansfield, English/creative writing teacher, Milken Community Schools
  • Jenny Zacuto, Language Arts teacher, Yavneh Academy

Caught off-guard by Milken Family Foundation Executive Vice President Richard Sandler and BJE: Builders of Jewish Education Executive Director Dr. Gil Graff during four unique whole-school assemblies, recipients responded with emotion as students and colleagues cheered their appreciation. 


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Rabbi Moshe Dear Yavneh Academy JEA 2017
Gil Graff Yavneh Academy JEA 2017
Jenny Zacuto Yavneh Academy reaction JEA 2017
Students reaction Yavneh Academy JEA 2017
Jenny Zacuto Richard Sandler Yavneh Academy JEA 2017
Yehudis Blauner Cheder Menachem Rabbi Greenbaum with students JEA 2017
Yehudis Blauner Cheder Menachem Rabbi Greenbaum Richard Sandler Gil Graff JEA 2017
Yehudis Blauner Cheder Menachem Gil Graff assembly JEA 2017
Yehudis Blauner Cheder Menachem Richard Sandler quizzes students JEA 2017
Yehudis Blauner Cheder Menachem reaction JEA 2017
Yehudis Blauner Cheder Menachem hugs student JEA 2017
Yehudis Blauner Cheder Menachem Richard Sandler presents JEA 2017
Yehudis Blauner Cheder Menachem speech JEA 2017
Yehudis Blauner Gil Graff Richard Sandler Mendel Greenbaum Cheder Menachem JEA 2017
Adrienne Coffield Gil Graff Brawerman Elementary JEA 2017
Adrienne Coffield Richard Sandler Brawerman Elementary JEA 2017
Adrienne Coffield Brawerman Elementary student surprise JEA 2017
Adrienne Coffield Brawerman Elementary surprise JEA 2017
Adrienne Coffield Brawerman Elementary reaction 2017 JEA
Adrienne Coffield Brawerman Elementary congratulations JEA 2017
Adrienne Coffield Brawerman Elementary standing ovation JEA 2017
Adrienne Coffield Rabbi Brawerman Elementary JEA 2017
Adrienne Coffield Brawerman Elementary speech JEA 2017
Adrienne Coffield Brawerman Elementary group hug JEA 2017
Adrienne Coffield Brawerman Elementary Richard Sandler Gil Graff colleagues JEA 2017
Melody Mansfield Milken School Roger Kassebaum Lowell Milken JEA 2017
Melody Mansfield Gary Weisserman Milken School head JEA 2017
Melody Mansfield Milken School Gil Graff JEA 2017
Melody Mansfield Milken School students JEA 2017
Melody Mansfield Milken School Lowell Milken addresses assembly JEA 2017
Melody Mansfield Milken Schools reaction JEA 2017
Melody Mansfield Milken School walks to front JEA 2017
Melody Mansfield Milken School unexpected guests JEA 2017
Melody Mansfield Milken Schools Lowell congratulations JEA 2017
Melody Mansfield Milken School speech JEA 2017
Melody Mansfield Milken Schools veteran educators JEA 2017
Melody Mansfield Milken School Lowell hugs from colleagues JEA 2017
Melody Mansfield Milken School Lowell Matuka Benjamin Gary Weisserman JEA 2017